by Allison Cooper

Sebata Group triumphs

BBQ's best established black business

Matome Modipa, CEO of the Sebata Group

The Sebata Group of companies recently won the Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Award for the best established black business.

“Business is all about adding value, and we are getting it right,” says Sebata Group CEO Matome Modipa, who has ensured the company’s success via holistic and integrated business methods in the engineering, leisure and financial services sectors.

Pitting its engineering might against fellow construction giants, Keren Kula and transport group AB350, the Sebata Group came out tops due to its vision, staff empowerment, business growth, operational success and social investment initiatives.

“We enhance people, processes, systems, finances and the environment, focussing on the holistic and integrated performance of organisations through people development, business optimisation and the implementation of business enablers, and assurance, monitoring and evaluation,” Modipa explains.

The group’s turnover moved its playing field from inside the SMME sector to that of a significant player, with a turnover of R44 million, within a mere 18 months.

Modipa now has his sight firmly set on achieving the R1-billion turnover mark, employing over 1000 professionals, and listing the Sebata Group on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange by 2015.

“We are well respected within the industry and we have what it takes to deliver. The winning of this prestigious award is proof of this,” he says.

According to Vusi Thembekwayo, one of the ten BBQ Awards’ judges, “The calibre of entrants has grown in leaps and bounds this year.” Other judges included Don Mkhwanazi, dubbed as the ‘godfather of black economic empowerment’, and Sasol CFO Christine Ramon.

The Van Ryn's BBQ Awards was made up of 14 categories including the best established business, best established SMME, the platinum visionary award, businesswoman and businessman of the year, and one specifically for young achievers.

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, opened the awards ceremony and Geoffery Qhena, who heads-up the IDC, eloquently summed-up the spirit of black empowerment today by paying tribute to those who persevere in difficult circumstances to leave a legacy in their wake.

“I want to prove to the world just how possible it is to truly make a success of your life, even if you start with absolutely nothing,” says Modipa. “That’s what I want my legacy to be,” He said.


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